The Jesus 101 series is designed to help you engage with one another in your group, with the Bible and with the person of Jesus Christ. Based on the book: In the Company of Jesus, each study guide contains material for six meetings which probe more deeply into the ways we encounter and connect with Jesus. The experiences are designed to help you personalize that encounter individually and as a group. No homework preparation is required. Notes and tips for leaders are provided.
Leaders do well to consult their predecessors--to seek ancient wisdom--for help in guiding people into the future. Authentic leaders recognize that they need the insights and counsel of others. Bill Donahue shows you that Jesus is this kind of authentic leader. He is honest about the past, connects to the present and point to a future that builds on both. He understands your failures, demands your devotion, releases you strengths and rewards your obedience. His leadership is demanding and challenging, yet full of grace and led by the Spirit. He is a leader worth following. And his model of leadership is worth emulating. The Jesus 101 Series engages both mind and heart. The sessions bring a fresh perspective on who Jesus is, how he interacted with people in Scripture and how he relates to us. The discussion questions are designed particularly to help a group to learn from each other but also provide an interesting context for individual reflection. As you discover the ways Jesus fulfills our lives, you may fall in love with him again--or for the first time.
Bill Donahue (Ph.D., University of North Texas) is founder and lead strategist for The Communitas Network, which coaches and equips catalytic leaders to build transformational teams for the purpose of mobilizing missional communities. He also serves as an adjunct teacher at a number of seminaries, training both master's and doctoral students in church leadership and small group ministry. He previously served as executive director of small group ministries for the Willow Creek Association (WCA), where he developed leadership strategies and training events for over 2500 volunteers. He has also worked as an associate pastor in Texas and Pennsylvania, and at Proctor & Gamble and PNC Financial Corporation. He is the author of and coauthor of and (all with Russ Robinson). With Greg Bowman he is the author of He has also written and the Jesus 101 small group study series (with Keri Wyatt Kent).
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